Top 10 Tips For Co-Parenting

Are you tired of constant arguing and bickering with your ex about the kids, about their activities, about the parenting time schedule, about paying for the kids’ braces, about…everything really?

Or are you one of the lucky few yet to experience a breakdown in the co-parenting relationship and on the search for the secret of how to avoid such struggle?

No matter which boat you currently find yourself in, you are not alone! Arizona ranks as the state with the 13th highest divorce rate, and is 15% higher than the national average. But do not lament! There are a lot of co-parents out there and, lucky for you, many have successfully navigated the co-parenting waters and shared their experiences and tips with us. Here are our top #10 tips for effective co-parenting, in no particular order:

  1. Put pride aside and put the kids first. Center your decisions around what is best for your kids. They didn’t ask to be in this situation – and now it’s your job to advocate for them. One of the more common co-parenting squabbles we often see involve giving parental consent. It’s easy to automatically say “no” to anything your ex asks of you. I mean, they’re your ex for a reason. But is an automatic “no” the best decision for your kids? For example, let’s say your ex asks you to sign a permission slip to allow the kids to participate in afterschool painting classes on your ex’s “days.” If the kids want to do it, don’t hold back your consent out of spite because your mad at your ex. Let the kids paint!!

 

  1. Communicate – appropriately and respectively – directly with your ex (unless prohibited by court order). Both parents need to be aware of the kids’ schedule, routine, activities, appointments, etc. Be courteous in your texts/emails, business-like, and timely respond to message from your ex.

 

  1. Diffuse conflict. Do not communicate with your ex in an argument or when tensions are on high. Calm down and collect your thoughts first. Successful communication requires level heads and is not best done via a 2AM ranting text message

 

  1. Do not badmouth or bash your ex on social media. If other adults are involved, such as new spouses or older siblings, this applies to them too. Commit to positive talk around the children.

 

  1. Play nice and be nice – even when you don’t want to – and always when the kids are within eye or ear-shot. And make the child exchanges short and sweet – less opportunity to quarrel.

 

  1. Be patient. A successful co-parenting relationship takes time to nurture. Do not get discouraged if you still experience some bumps in the road. Co-parenting will challenge you.

 

  1. Learn to negotiate and compromise schedules. If you are flexible to your ex’s requests, chances are they will be more likely to be flexible to your requests. For example, your sister is flying into town next Friday and your kids haven’t seen her in years. But next Friday is your ex’s “day.” Do you think your ex will be more likely to switch “days” with you if you extended the same courtesy to them the last time they asked for a switch?

 

  1. Be on the same page. Strive for a unified parenting approach, with similar expectations and rules in each household (i.e., same bed time, homework rules, cell phone rules, etc.). Providing your kids with consistency, across both households, will increase their sense of security and safety, and overall wellbeing.

 

  1. Know when it’s time to seek outside input. If you and your ex cannot come to an agreement on big decisions, like school selection for next year, you may want to consider talking with your ex to a mediator. Mediators can be a great resource to settle these types of disputes without having to get the courts involved again, which we all know is a long and costly process.

 

  1. Practice empathy. Towards your kids and towards your ex. Try to put yourself in their shoes when navigating a sticky situation.

Our lawyers at Dodge & Vega are absolutely the best.  Speak with them now over the phone or schedule an in person consult.

 

Written By:

Randi Partain, Senior Family Law Paralegal, Dodge & Vega PLC

Ben Dodge, Esq.

Ben Dodge, Esq., Affordable Arizona Family Law Attorney, Entrepreneur, Endurance Athlete, Ultra Cyclist

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Divorce Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is. In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at [email protected]

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Mr. Dodge relentlessly represents clients in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is an experienced Arizona Personal Injury lawyer, Arizona Family Law lawyer, Arizona Divorce lawyer, Arizona Bankruptcy lawyer, Arizona Child Custody lawyer, Arizona Estate Planning lawyer, and an Arizona Bicycle Accident lawyer. He can cover all areas of family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning for you.

WHAT YOU CAN AND CANNOT DO WHEN STOPPED FOR A DUI

You’re out with your friends having a great time and you are the designated driver. You are close to your house when you notice the red and blue lights behind you, so you immediately pull over.

What do you do? First, do not panic! Stay calm. Easy right? You will want to follow the officer’s instructions and provide him/her with your driver’s license, registration and insurance. Be polite to the officer and do not give him any reason to believe you are doing anything other than simply driving home. The officer will ask if you have been drinking, DO NOT LIE! Everyone tells the officer they have only had 1 or 2 drinks. You can simply answer that you do not answer questions. Be sure to still be polite when saying this. If you did not drink then tell them you did not drink and why, i.e., because you were the designated driver. He or she will ask you step out of the vehicle and perform some field sobriety tests such as the walk and turn, the finger to nose test, the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus and the finger count. There is a huge misconception that you must perform the field sobriety tests, you DO NOT! This is more ammunition for the officer to arrest you and to show that you were impaired at the time you were driving. You can kindly tell him that you do not submit to tests, but you would submit to any chemical tests he or she requests.

You also do not have to blow into their portable breath test, which is the handheld machine they carry with them. However, if the officer requests that you submit to a chemical test such as a blood draw or to blow into the intoxilyzer machine, DO IT! If you refuse to allow them to withdraw your blood or refuse to blow into the intoxilyzer, the officer will get a search warrant, obtain the blood without your consent and you will lose your license for 1 year.

If you get stopped for a DUI, stay calm, be polite and know what your rights. At any time you can request to speak with an attorney and you should.

Our lawyers at Dodge & Vega are absolutely the best, AND you don’t have to go broke just to hire us.  Speak with them now over the phone or schedule an in person consult.

 

Written By:

Kimberly Hewes, Family Law and Criminal Law Paralegal, Dodge & Vega PLC

Dodge & Vega PLC

Ben Dodge, Esq., Attorney, Entrepreneur, Endurance/Ultra Cyclist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona DUI Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is. In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at [email protected]

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Mr. Dodge relentlessly represents clients in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is an experienced Arizona Personal Injury lawyer, Arizona Family Law lawyer, Arizona Divorce lawyer, Arizona Bankruptcy lawyer, Arizona Child Custody lawyer, Arizona Estate Planning lawyer, and an Arizona Bicycle Accident lawyer. He can cover all areas of family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning for you.

Filing for Bankruptcy can be a tough decision. Sometimes, it can feel like you’re alone and that you are the only one that’s experiencing financial hardships. This is simply not the case. Bankruptcy is a way to “start over” when you are in financial crisis and your debts becoming overwhelming. In fact, many people and even major companies have fallen victim to overwhelming debt. Four months into 2019, there have been reports that over 19 major retailers have filed for bankruptcy. Some of these retailers include: Beauty Brands, Gymboree, Charlotte Russe, and Payless Shoes. So, what does the bankruptcy process look like?

Well, there are many different types of bankruptcies that can be filed, depending on your household income, expenses, assets, debts, number of dependents and so on. The most common bankruptcies for individuals are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. As per the Bankruptcy Abuse and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA), consumers who file a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy are required to complete a Bankruptcy Credit Counseling course with an approved non-profit counseling agency. Consumers must complete this mandatory counseling prior to filing their bankruptcy. Once after you have completed the credit counseling course and have determined that bankruptcy is your only viable option for relief from financial hardship, you can prepare and file the bankruptcy petition. This is the step, where most people decide to seek legal help. The forms can be complex, and they can be difficult to navigate through if you are not familiar with State exemptions and ways to protect your assets.

Then, after you file bankruptcy, you are required to attend a mandatory bankruptcy hearing to appear before the bankruptcy trustee – this can be a daunting and intimidating process. Let one of our experienced attorneys at Dodge & Vega, PLC help you to determine your rights under the Bankruptcy law and walk you through the bankruptcy process. If you have any questions regarding bankruptcy or have questions to determine if bankruptcy is right for you, our office offers FREE 30-minute consultations with an experienced bankruptcy attorney. Give us a call at (480) 656-8333 and let us know how we can help you improve your financial situation.

Or Contact our office online for your free Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy consultation to find out if you can qualify for bankruptcy and/or what other alternatives are available to you if bankruptcy is not for you.

 

Written By:

Kaci Brown, Senior Bankruptcy and Personal Injury Paralegal at Dodge & Vega PLC

 

 

Dodge & Vega PLC

Ben Dodge, Esq., Affordable Mesa Bankruptcy Lawyer, Entrepreneur, Endurance/Ultra Cyclist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A consultation with Experienced and Affordable Mesa Arizona Bankruptcy Arizona Attorney Ben Dodge is free.

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is. In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge

Bankruptcies happen because life happens. Don’t let false shame or fear keep you chained down to your debts. There are many options out there to begin to free yourself of unmanagable financial burdens. We are here to help. We understand the feelings, the false guilt and shame, and of course the rewarding sense of moving on and starting over.

Bankruptcy is a federal issue managed by some state rules and policies. We are here to guide you through them. Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business debt issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your debt issues are really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of qualifying for a bankruptcy.
  • How chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy works and which one would be the best fit for you.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for any budget.
  • Your specific case details, debt documents, lawsuits, and any other creditor collection and other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at [email protected]

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Mr. Dodge relentlessly represents clients in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is an experienced Arizona Personal Injury lawyer, Arizona Family Law lawyer, Arizona Divorce lawyer, Arizona Bankruptcy lawyer, Arizona Child Custody lawyer, Arizona Estate Planning lawyer, and an Arizona Bicycle Accident lawyer. He can cover all areas of family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning for you.

Scott Disick, Tristan Thompson and Travis Scott all have one thing in common; can you guess what it is? That’s right! None of them have court orders regarding Parenting Time or Custody! All three of these men have children with one of the Kardashian sisters, but legally have no way to enforce Parenting Time or Custody. What does this mean for Khloe Kardashian now that her and Tristan Thompson have split up? Well, the couple has been living in both Ohio and California since the birth of their daughter, True, and one of the first steps in filing for legal action in a family law case is determining what Court has jurisdiction over the matter. The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) is an act that has been adopted by every state except for Massachusetts. The UCCJEA sets forth the policies for what constitutes a court’s child custody jurisdiction in a family law matter. In order to determine which state has proper jurisdiction the UCCJEA uses the following factors:

  1. The home state of the child is one in which the child has lived in for six months immediately before the custody proceedings began. If the child is under the age of six months, jurisdiction falls to the state in which the child was born.
  2. If no single state has jurisdiction based on item 1, jurisdiction falls where the child and parent have significant connections other than residence. This may include extended family ties.
  3. If a state has jurisdiction as defined by provision 1 or 2, it may decline to exercise this jurisdiction if it wishes to do so by transferring jurisdiction to another state.

Determining which Court has jurisdiction could potentially become a confusing and complicated battle on its own. If Khloe decides to mimic the parenting styles of her sisters, she may choose to not involve the courts at all and hope Tristan is willing to co-parent without court orders. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, and of course will be a huge part of the upcoming season of Keeping Up with the Kardashian’s which premieres Sunday, March 31st.

Find out more about your family law issue in a free consultation.  Our lawyers at Dodge & Vega are absolutely the best.  Speak with them now over the phone or schedule an in person consult.

 

Written By:

Andrea Cadillo, Dodge & Vega PLC

 

 

 

 

Dodge & Vega PLC

Ben Dodge, Esq., Attorney, Entrepreneur, Endurance/Ultra Cyclist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Family Law Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is. In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at [email protected]

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Divorce and Taxes! Claiming Dependency Exemptions for Newly Divorced Parents

Tax season is in full swing! If you were recently divorced, there is a good chance this will be your first time filing individual income tax returns separate from your ex-spouse. Filing taxes is already pretty daunting for most, like me. But if you and your ex-spouse share minor children, there is also the added hassle of determining who is allowed to and supposed to claim the child(ren) on taxes this year.

As part of finalizing your divorce, the Court allocated the child dependency exemptions for income tax purposes between you and your ex-spouse. But how those exemptions were allocated varies depending on, among other things, each party’s proportionate share of the combined adjusted gross income. Typically, the Court will look at each party’s adjusted gross income and then allocate to each parent the exemptions(s) proportionate to their share of the combined adjusted gross income. The Court utilizes the Arizona Child Support Guidelines to determine each party’s adjusted gross income and the combined adjusted gross income. Follow the link below to the 2018 Arizona Child Support Guidelines for more information. As an example, let’s say the parties have one child, the Father earns $60,000.00 per year and the Mother earns $40,000.00 per year. The parties’ combined income is $100,000.00, with Father’s share of the combined income being 3/5 and the Mother’s share being 2/5. The dependency exemption would then be allocated using this fraction, unless the parties agreed otherwise, following a pattern that can be repeated in no more than 5 years. The Court could order that Father is eligible to claim the child in the first three out of every five years and Mother is eligible to claim the child in the final two out of every five years, or any other combination that provides Father the exemption three out of every five years.

So how do you determine if this tax season is your turn to claim the child(ren)? The first place to look is your Decree or most recent Child Support Order. There are other considerations to be aware of as well. Often times the Court will include in the Child Support Order a provision prohibiting a parent from claiming any exemptions if they were still behind on any court-ordered child support and arrears payments by December 31st of the year for which the exemption is sought. Yet other times the Court may order that the refund be intercepted and applied towards past-due child support. Unpaid medical reimbursements can also affect a party’s eligibility to claim dependency exemptions. It is important to carefully review your Child Support Order well in advance of April 15th. If you are unsure how to interpret your Child Support Order, call us at 480-656-8333 to schedule a free consultation.

http://www.azcourts.gov/Portals/34/Forms/FamilyLaw/AOCDRS10H2018.pdf

Our lawyers at Dodge & Vega are absolutely the best.  Speak with them now over the phone or schedule an in person consult.

 

Written By:

Randi Partain, Senior Family Law Paralegal, Dodge & Vega PLC

Dodge & Vega PLC

Ben Dodge, Esq., Attorney, Entrepreneur, Endurance/Ultra Cyclist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Divorce Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is. In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at [email protected]

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Mr. Dodge relentlessly represents clients in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is an experienced Arizona Personal Injury lawyer, Arizona Family Law lawyer, Arizona Divorce lawyer, Arizona Bankruptcy lawyer, Arizona Child Custody lawyer, Arizona Estate Planning lawyer, and an Arizona Bicycle Accident lawyer. He can cover all areas of family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning for you.

Perhaps you were unaware that you might need a personal injury lawyer. I know before I started working in a law firm, that I did not know how sideways insurance companies can be! I was always under the impression (naively) that the insurance companies were there for the best interest of both parties, and just wanted to make sure that all parties were well taken care of. Boy, was I wrong. If you didn’t already know, the main objective of an insurance company and the adjuster, is to settle the claim as fast and as cheap as possible, even if that means telling you that your claim is BS and not worth much if anything at all.  No matter how nice and friendly they try to appear they have zero intention of doing whats best for you.  Its just sad to realize and experience the truth of that.

 

If you find yourself with an injury related accident, that you feel is not your fault, you should ALWAYS consult with an attorney. At our firm, we have no cost consultations available for any potential personal injury client. What do you have to lose now? At this point, you are hurt and can be left with a loss in job profits along with bills to pay, kids to take care of and you do not know what to do at this point. You very well might have a great claim that can possibly pay off your medical bills you incurred from the injury, and also pay for your property damage at the very least. Yes, it’s okay you can take a deep breath now!

 

Bottom line, if you have been in any kind of injury related accident do not hesitate to contact an attorney right away.  You’ll need to discuss your particular situation before making any quick decisions to deal with the insurance company or the adjuster on your own!

 

Find out more about your personal injury case and how to protect your rights in a free consultation.  Our lawyers at Dodge & Vega are absolutely the best.  Our mission is simple: “To take the crisis out of our clients’ lives.” We are here for you. We have your back!  Speak with them now over the phone or schedule an in person consult.

 

Written By:

Angelica W., Dodge & Vega PLC

 

 

 

 

Dodge & Vega PLC

Ben Dodge, Esq., Attorney, Entrepreneur, Endurance/Ultra Cyclist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Personal Injury Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is. In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at [email protected]

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Mr. Dodge relentlessly represents clients in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is an experienced Arizona Personal Injury lawyer, Arizona Family Law lawyer, Arizona Divorce lawyer, Arizona Bankruptcy lawyer, Arizona Child Custody lawyer, Arizona Estate Planning lawyer, and an Arizona Bicycle Accident lawyer. He can cover all areas of family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning for you.

Amazon has become the most popular home delivery platform for literally anything and everything. The genius behind Amazon is Jeff Bezos. According to Google, Jeff Bezos has a net worth of 135.5 billion dollars; That’s about 135.5 billion dollars more than I’ll ever have. Recently, Bezos and his wife Mackenzie have been making headlines regarding the announcement of their divorce. The divorce was ignited after multiple sources alleged Bezos has been having an affair with a woman named Lauren Sanchez.  There have also been multiple reports that Jeff and Mackenzie did not have a prenuptial agreement; which would have protected him and his assets. The couple resides in Washington state, which is a community property state. Just like Arizona is a community property state; this means the law recognizes that all the property Bezos purchased throughout their marriage also belongs to Mackenzie.

There are only 8 states in the entire U.S. that are entirely community property states. Community property doesn’t just include physical property. It also includes any income received by either spouse during the marriage, vehicles, furniture and debts. YES. DEBTS. So, if you’ve ever thought about maxing out your husband’s credit card and then divorcing him; I would reconsider. So, what does this mean for Mackenzie? Well, since Amazon was founded the year after Jeff and Mackenzie married; half of the company’s value could potentially be hers. It’s hard to say for certain what will happen; Circumstances change and given the complexity of their divorce, it could take some time. As of right now, the couple is amicable and intends to settle in a timely and graceful manner… We’ll see how that goes.

Find out more about your community property assets and how to protect them in your divorce in a free consultation.  Our lawyers at Dodge & Vega are absolutely the best.  Speak with them now over the phone or schedule an in person consult.

 

Written By:

Andrea Cadillo, Dodge & Vega PLC

 

 

 

 

Dodge & Vega PLC

Ben Dodge, Esq., Attorney, Entrepreneur, Endurance/Ultra Cyclist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is. In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at [email protected]

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Mr. Dodge relentlessly represents clients in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is an experienced Arizona Personal Injury lawyer, Arizona Family Law lawyer, Arizona Divorce lawyer, Arizona Bankruptcy lawyer, Arizona Child Custody lawyer, Arizona Estate Planning lawyer, and an Arizona Bicycle Accident lawyer. He can cover all areas of family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning for you.

Most of you readers out there in cyberspace probably have experienced family law issues personally, by listening to the experiences of a family member or a friend, or through your favorite television series or movie. The experiences of a family law attorney may be a mystery to you. Today, that changes. I present to you A Day in the Life of a Family Law Attorney. Imagine sitting in the chair in the photograph to the right, and experience the journey of a family law practitioner. The following is an example of what life as an Arizona family law attorney is like for me. Please note that names and certain identifying facts have been changed to protect the privacy of clients.

5:45 a.m. My alarm will not go off for another 15 minutes. However, my toddler son is crawling on top of my head. Looks like it’s time to start my day.

5:55 a.m. I glance at my inbox on my iPhone and skim the names of senders, subjects, and content blurbs. Okay, probably going to have a few fires to put out this morning. Client/Father in the Jones case expressing concern that Mother will leave Arizona with minor children, Client/Mother in the Michaels case emails me to notify me that Opposing Party/Father has violated the legal decision-making order by starting minor child on a medication without consulting with Mother and that Mother does not deem as necessary.

7:45 a.m. Make 45-minute commute to Southeast Court in Mesa for Resolution Management Conference (“RMC”) in the Jeffries case. I had gone back and forth trying to settle with the pro per opposing party/Mother in this case until 7:30 p.m. last night. No dice. I had to try — after all, I needed to try to come to a resolution for a Resolution Management Conference.

8:25 a.m. Arrive at Southeast Court. I know the drill. Throw my bag, file, and legal pad onto the conveyor belt at security. Walk through metal detector. Anticipate beep. As predicted, the detector beeps. Turn 180 degrees and face the door. Hold my arms out parallel to the floor before the security guard even asks. Guard takes hand wand and runs it along the perimeter of my body. I smile, grab my items, and go on my way.

8:30 a.m. Arrive outside of the courtroom. Wait for my client to arrive. A few moments later, both parties arrive. We cut to the chase. I ask opposing party/Mother if we can try to find some common ground. My client expresses his willingness to settle and desire to stop the bickering for the sake of the children. To my surprise, we work out a deal that both parties seem to be satisfied with. Wow. I guess putting in the extra hours last night and encouraging my client to negotiate with Mother has paid off. The agreement that they have come to is likely far better than what the judge would likely decide.

9:00 a.m. RMC commences. Judge asks me for an update. I triumphantly announce that the parties have come to an agreement. I feel like a mother whose child brought straight As home from school.

9:30 a.m. I leave court and head to the office. Tupac comes on the radio. Seems like good celebration music. I drive with one hand on the wheel and bob my head to the beat. Yes, lawyers listen to hip-hop too.

9:45 a.m. Arrive at office. I say hello to the team and briefly chat with Ben (my boss/founding partner/managing partner), Randi (my right-hand woman/family law paralegal), Dee (the glue that holds the office together/bankruptcy & personal injury paralegal), and Melissa (our legal assistant who brings way too many tempting treats to the office). We talk about our weekends and the Kardashians/Jenners.

9:50 a.m. Now time to get down to business. I meet with Randi to download her on the morning’s events. She gives me intel about what has been going on with our family law clients while I was gone. Believe me, a lot can happen in a few hour’s time. We prioritize our issues, including the ones from the emails that I skimmed earlier in the morning.

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. I spend the remainder of my day checking my inbox, reviewing and signing letters and pleadings that need to go out a.s.a.p., reading my emails, and responding. I ensure clients that yes, we will notify the Court at the appropriate time of the opposing party’s violation of the legal decision-making order. Yes, we can file an emergency motion to stop Mother from leaving the state with the children.

1:00 p.m. I draft a motion requesting that the court permit my client Ms. Peters to serve her ex husband through alternative means since we believe that the ex is evading service. I reference relevant caselaw/statutes and explain our numerous attempts to serve our client’s ex.

1:30 p.m. Client meeting with Mr. Ambrose regarding his upcoming hearing. I remind Mr. Ambrose that he cannot talk to the children about his case or negatively about the opposing party/their mother or else he can get into trouble with the Court. I recommend that we try to negotiate with Mother because by negotiating, the parties have more control over what happens than they would if they left the issues up to a judge. It’s at least worth a try. Mr. Ambrose agrees.

6:00 p.m. The work day is over. I can’t help but glance at my work inbox on my iPhone. I’m working on that.

Estar involucrado en un accidente de auto es algo tragico. Dado los nervios y posibles lesiones es dificil controlar las emociones y tomar decisions correctas. Esperamos nunca tenga que tomar los siguientes pasos, pero por si acaso debe de familiarizarse con lo suguiente:

Consejos para después de un Accidente

  1. Asegurese estar en un lugar seguro y que el peligro haya terminado. Apague su auto.
  2. Llame al servicio de emergencias (911).
  3. Si no hay lesiones, intercambie informacion con el otro conductor (matricula, seguro e informacion personal) tome fotos de los autos y otras areas pertinentes incluyendo fotos de la escena del accidente, letreros de la carretera, etc.
  4. Si hay lesiones asegurese de que los heridos reciban atención medica lo antes posible.
  5. Hable con la policía y ofrézca su versión del accidente. Identifique si hay testigos.
  6. Comuniquese con nuestras oficinas al 480-656-8333 o [email protected]

Tomar notas y buena información son la clave para asegurarse de que el proceso de reclamo funcione sin problemas. Nunca debe dejar ningún detalle fuera o tomar incorrectamente la información de otros conductores. En cuanto pueda, llame a su compañía de seguros y hágale saber que estubo en un accidente de tránsito y pregunte qué debe hacer a continuación. Nadie quiere estar en un accidente, lamentablemente es parte de la vida y estar preparado hará que el proceso sea más fácil.

Nuestos abogados de accidentes le pueden ayudar a obtener la mayor compensacion monetaria y la justicia que se merece. No tenga miedo la consulta es gratis y hablamos su idioma. Llame hoy al 480-656-8333 o comuniquese con Bacho a [email protected].

Exciting news for all bankruptcy attorneys and their clients! In April of 2013 the Arizona Bankruptcy Exemptions were finally updated. The previously low exemptions are now higher (although in most cases far too low in my opinion). The nutshell means that more of your stuff is now protected when you go through a bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy exemptions serve the important purpose of protecting your assets, especially in a chapter 7 bankruptcy. When you file a chapter 7 bankruptcy, also known as a “liquidation bankruptcy,” your assets are subject to seizure and auction if they are unprotected. This is really not a huge deal as most people that need to file a bankruptcy do not have assets which are unprotected. However, in some cases your car may be worth too much, or your wedding rings, etc. Now that the new Arizona bankruptcy exemptions are in place more of those personal items can be protected!

You can see the full list of the new Arizona bankruptcy exemptions compared to the old ones, on our website here: Arizona Bankruptcy Exemptions

If you have any questions regarding the new Arizona bankruptcy exemptions please contact us at (480) 656-8333 or submit a case inquiry and we will meet with you for a free consult to discuss these new and exciting changes.